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Falcons' Updated Depth Chart, 2022-23 NFL Draft Picks After Julio Jones Trade

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJune 6, 2021

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Julio Jones' tenure in Atlanta is over.

The Falcons agreed to trade their All-Pro receiver and a 2023 sixth-round pick to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, receiving a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 fourth-round selection.

Atlanta owns all of its own draft picks, aside from a conditional seventh-rounder sent to the Buffalo Bills for tight end Lee Smith, and the 2023 sixth-round pick going to Tennessee. The Falcons will have at least seven draft picks each of the next two years without factoring in compensatory selections.

Here is a look at how their depth chart will look without Jones.

QB: Matt Ryan / AJ McCarron / Feleipe Franks
RB: Mike Davis / Quadree Ollison / Tony Brooks-James / Javian Hawkins / Caleb Huntley
WR: Calvin Ridley / Russell Gage / Olamide Zaccheaus / Cordarrelle Patterson / Christian Blake / Greg Dortch / Frank Darby / Chris Rowland / Austin Trammell / Antonio Nunn / Taje Sharpe / Juwan Green
TE: Kyle Pitts / Hayden Hurst / Lee Smith / Jaeden Graham / Parker Hesse / Ryan Becker


Jones' departure will mean a massive uptick in responsibility for Calvin Ridley and likely a ton of two-TE sets featuring Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst. Ridley showed he's more than capable of handling top duties last season, but he still had Jones lining up across from him for a majority of the year.

Russell Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus aren't going to draw the same coverages. It would not be a surprise if Ridley's target share increased, but his overall efficiency of production decreased in 2021.

The Falcons are in the NFL's no man's land at the moment, with a roster that's too good to tank but likely not good enough to compete for a Super Bowl. It's possible that Jones' departure will only serve as the first domino of a long-term rebuild that begins next offseason, when the team can more easily trade Matt Ryan. 

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